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UGC NET Exam Analysis 2023: Check Difficulty Level, Good Attempts

Author : Shashwat Srivastava

Updated On : June 30, 2023


Summary: The University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) is one of India's most popular and competitive exams. Conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), this exam is aimed at testing the eligibility of candidates who wish to apply for the position of Assistant Professor or for a Junior Research Fellowship in Indian universities and colleges.

UGC NET 2023 is expected to be held in June 2023, and candidates are gearing up for the exam. This blog will analyze the UGC NET 2023 paper based on the previous year's pattern and provide an in-depth UGC NET exam analysis.

UGC NET Exam Pattern 2023:

  • Before we begin the UGC NET exam analysis, let us first take a look at the UGC NET 2023 paper pattern:
  • The exam will consist of two papers - Paper I and Paper II. Paper I will be of general nature and test candidates' teaching and research aptitude.
  • It will consist of 50 objective-type questions, each with 2 marks. Candidates will have to attempt all the questions in 1 hour.
  • Paper II will be based on the subject selected by the candidate. It will consist of 100 objective-type questions, each with 2 marks. The time duration for this part is 2 hours.

Now that we understand the paper pattern, let us look at the subject-wise UGC NET exam analysis of the UGC NET 2023 paper. 

Section  Topics Covered  Difficulty Level 
Current affair  Current affairs  Easy to Moderate 
  • Communication: Meaning, types, and characteristics
  • Effective communication: Verbal and Non-verbal, Inter-Cultural and group communications, Classroom communication
  • Barriers to effective communication
  • Mass-Media and Society
Easy to Moderate 
Data Interpretation 
  • Sources, acquisition, and classification of Data
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data
  • Graphical representation and mapping of Data
  • Data Interpretation
  • Data and Governance
Higher Education System 
  • Institutions of higher learning and education in ancient India
  • Evolution of higher learning and research in Post-Independence India
  • Oriental, Conventional, and Non-conventional learning programs in India
  • Professional, Technical, and Skill-Based education
  • Value education and environmental education
  • Policies, Governance, and Administration
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) 
  • ICT: General abbreviations and terminology
  • Basics of Internet, Intranet, E-mail, Audio and Video-conferencing
  • Digital initiatives in higher education
  • ICT and Governance
Moderate to Difficult 
Logical Reasoning 
  • Understanding the structure of arguments
  • Evaluating and distinguishing deductive and inductive reasoning
  • Analogies
  • Venn diagram
  • Indian Logic
  • Structure and kinds of Anumana (inference)
Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude 
  • Types of reasoning
  • Number series, Letter series, Codes, and Relationships
  • Mathematical Aptitude
People, Development and Environment 
  • Development and environment
  • Human and environment interaction
  • Environmental issues
  • Impacts of pollutants on human health
  • Natural and energy resources
  • Natural hazards and disasters
  • Environmental Protection Act, International agreements/efforts
Reading Comprehension  Comprehension passages with questions Easy to Moderate 
Research Aptitude 
  • Research: Meaning, Types, and Characteristics
  • Methods of Research
  • Steps of Research
  • Thesis and Article writing
  • Application of ICT in research
  • Research ethics
Teaching Aptitude 
  • Teaching: Concept, Objectives, Levels of teaching
  • Learner's characteristics: Characteristics of adolescent and adult learners
  • Factors affecting teaching related to: Teacher, Learner, Support material, Instructional facilities, Learning environment, and Institution
  • Methods of teaching in Institutions of higher learning
  • Teaching Support System
  • Evaluation Systems
Total  Moderate 


In conclusion, the UGC NET Exam for 2023 covers a wide range of topics across various sections, including Teaching Aptitude, Research Aptitude, Information and Communication Technology, Data Interpretation, Higher Education System, Communication, Logical Reasoning, Mathematical Reasoning and Aptitude, People Development and Environment, Reading Comprehension, and Current Affairs. While some sections may be easier or more difficult for different individuals, overall, the exam seems to be of moderate difficulty level. Aspirants should prepare thoroughly and cover all the topics to increase their chances of success in the exam.


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